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Tariffs QA Nine things to know about Canadas retaliatory tariffs

first_imgThe Canadian government has responded to the Trump administration’s decision to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing retaliatory tariffs effective Sunday on $16.6 billion worth of American imports.The final list includes a 25 per cent surtax on semi-finished goods including steel products and a 10 per cent tariff on a range of consumer goods including orange juice and coffee.Here are some details about the mechanics of how the tariffs will be collected and their possible impact on consumers:How significant are the import tariffs?The $16.6 billion worth of annual tariffs account for about six per cent of the $294 billion total value of goods imported from the United States. The 10 per cent rate on consumer goods represents about 70 per cent of goods impacted by tariffs.How will the tariffs be collected?As with tariffs and duties charged on other imports, they won’t be paid at the border or port but later by the importer of record (wholesaler, retailer, etc.). The surtax is calculated on the Canadian value of the imported good and is subject to the Goods and Services Tax, says Jim Sutton, a vice-president with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.The bonded importer has to account for the tariff within five business days of the item being released by customs and paid at the end of the following month. The Canada Border Services Agency says the surtax will not apply to U.S. goods that are in transit to Canada before July 1.Canadian travellers will be required to pay the surtax on qualified goods if the value of what they are bringing back to the country exceeds their personal exemption.How will the collected tariffs be used?The Canada Border Services Agency will collect the tariffs and transfer the money to the federal government’s general revenues. The proceeds can then be used to offset the cost of a series of initiatives to support Canadian companies and workers that are negatively impacted by U.S. tariffs.What products have been removed from the list of tariffs?Since the initial list was released June 1, the government has removed beer kegs along with nut purees and pastes, berry and fruit purees, jams and jellies (other than banana puree and strawberry jam) and prepared mustard. Also removed are aluminium wire, aluminium foil of a thickness not exceeding 0.2 mm, aluminium tubes and pipes, aluminum stranded wire and cables that are not electrically insulated, along with boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets, equipped for electric control or the distribution of electricity.How will tariffs impact retail prices?The Canadian tariffs won’t have much of an impact on consumer prices, Krishen Rangasamy of the National Bank of Canada wrote in a report. He said importers are unlikely to pass on to consumers the higher costs on items such as steel and aluminum. And if costs are passed on, he said the “impacts are set to be minimal” and increase the consumer price index by just 0.1 per cent or so.“In other words, while there are many things to worry about with regards to protectionism, higher consumer prices should be at the bottom of the list, unless of course the Canadian dollar takes a deep enough dive as to cause a surge in import prices.”Will a 10 per cent tariff raise prices by 10 per cent?Cost of goods is just one component of retail prices along with other things like labour, utilities, rent, marketing and advertising. So any impact on retail prices would be lower than the 10 per cent tariff rate, said Karl Littler of the Retail Council of Canada.Will retail prices rise due to tariffs?Littler says he doesn’t believe retailers are going to eat the higher costs over the long haul because retail is already a thin margin business. Sutton says some importers may have to initially absorb some of the higher costs because it takes time before changes are made in supply chains.How can consumers avoid higher prices?Consumers who switch their purchases from American goods subjected to tariffs to alternatives from other countries can avoid the tariff impact on prices, says Littler.“So the consumer, if they’re not deeply brand-attached and presuming that there’s a sufficient flow of alternative choices, may not have to pay the tariff at all,” he said.How will tariffs affect the economy?The bigger issue than tariffs is the continuation of a trade war between Canada and the United States that affects the overall economy, hurts consumer confidence and starts to reduce consumer spending, says Littler.“So it’s not just a price impact on the shelf where to some degree there may be substitutability, it’s about shrinking wallets as well.”last_img read more


Security Council extends UN mission in southern Lebanon by a year

24 August 2007The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) by another year and called on all parties in the region to play their part to turn last year’s cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah into a permanent ceasefire and a more durable solution. The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) by another year and called on all parties in the region to play their part to turn last year’s cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah into a permanent ceasefire and a more durable solution. In a unanimous vote, Council members agreed to extend UNIFIL until 31 August 2008, saying the deployment of the peacekeeping mission “together with the Lebanese Armed Forces has helped to establish a new strategic environment in southern Lebanon.” They also called on all parties to respect the cessation of hostilities and the entirety of the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon. First created in 1978, UNIFIL’s mandate and size were enhanced last year in the wake of the deadly conflict between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hizbollah, and today’s resolution urged all sides to cooperate fully with the mission and to do their utmost to respect the safety of UN personnel in the region. In June, a UN patrol in southern Lebanon was struck by a bomb, killing six Spanish peacekeepers and seriously wounding two other blue helmets, while last month an explosion occurred near a UNIFIL vehicle but there were no casualties. In addition to its original mandate, UNIFIL now has responsibility, among other tasks, for: monitoring the cessation of hostilities; supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces as they deploy in the south of the country; and helping ensure humanitarian access to civilians and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons. The mission currently fields more than 13,000 troops out of its increased ceiling of 15,000. read more


Ban General Assembly call for Olympic Truce ahead of Vancouver Games

“The Olympic Truce brings hope of at least a temporary respite from violence and armed conflict,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on the ancient Greek tradition of born in the eighth century BC.“It also draws attention to a terrible paradox. At the Olympics and throughout the year, we rightly honour the outstanding achievements of the human body and the positive social values of competitive sport, including team spirit and fairness. Yet all too often, through the carnage of war, we do damage to that same human body, and to our shared values.”The General Assembly took note of a similar message from Assembly President Ali Treki, who recalled that, who recalled the 192-member body’s call in a 1993 resolution for all Member States to observe the Olympic Truce from the seventh day before the opening to the seventh day following the closing of each Olympic Games.“I solemnly appeal to all Member States to demonstrate their commitment to the Olympic Truce for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and to undertake concrete actions at the local, national, regional and world levels to promote and strengthen a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Truce,” he said. 8 February 2010The United Nations is calling for the traditional age-old truce during the XXI Winter Olympics which open in Vancouver, Canada, this Friday, urging warring parties to lay down their arms as the Games’ ancient Greek founders did some 2,700 years ago. read more


Sampanthan faces resistance for opposition post

“The TNA has a separatist agenda and they have been calling for an international war crimes probe which all parties are against. And they are a regional party, only representing the north and east of the country. So despite having more seats, it cannot be the main opposition,” Gammanpila said.He further said that the UPFA members who had decided to sit as opposition parliamentarians had already submitted a name from its party for the opposition leader’s post to President Maithripala Sirisena and expected an answer from the President soon. (Colombo Gazette) However UPFA member, Udaya Gammanpila said that despite the TNA now having more seats than any other opposition party, they worked against the country, especially by calling for an international domestic probe into war crimes. The TNA this week claimed that R. Sampanthan must be recognized as the leader of the opposition in accordance with parliamentary practice and convention as they have now emerged as the largest political party in the opposition in Parliament, after the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and United National Party (UNP) decided to work together in the new parliament. Some members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today raised concerns over attempts to make Tamil National Alliance (TNA) the main opposition in Parliament.Fourteen UPFA members including former President Mahinda Rajapakse now sit in the opposition benches opposing the National Government while the TNA has 16 seats. read more


SLTDA insists no move by tourism industry to boycott awards

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has strongly rejected claims that tourism industry leaders have decided to boycott the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards tomorrow as President Maithripala Sirisena has been invited as the Chief Guest.SLTDA, as the governing body of Sri Lanka Tourism, believes that the duties vested in the institution should be carried forward under any circumstances and as a collective decision, hosting Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 was decided to recognize the industry stakeholders after a break of 6 long years. It has also come to notice that more than 400 invitees have already confirmed their participation for the ceremony tomorrow (6) hence SLTDA looks forward to seeing all the stakeholders in celebrating the achievements of Sri Lanka’s Tourism industry after 6 long years. (Colombo Gazette) SLTDA is of the opinion that it is best to invite the Head of State to attend the event, despite the prevailing political situation, as the event is the national event to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals and organizations for the development of the Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka. read more


Brock Alumni Network Spotlight WaterlooWellington committee

Three of the six Waterloo-Wellington Brock Alumni Network committee members gather at the Huether Hotel for a social with fellow grads. From L-R: Ted Soepboer, Melissa Campion and Amaris Gerson.With Brock alumni living all over the world, regional alumni networks are a way for graduates to stay connected to the University, regardless of distance. Networks are divided by geographical location or ‘affinity group’ (based on like-minded experiences or academic programs) and provide alumni with an opportunity to maintain connection with Brock from afar and socialize with local alumni.In Ontario alone, there are five networks, including the up and coming Waterloo-Wellington Network. With close to 2,500 Brock grads living and working in the Waterloo-Wellington area, six alumni have come together to form a committee to organize and execute alumni events in their area.Marty Fraser (BBA ’94), Don Critelli (BAdmin ’78), Melissa Campion (BA ’06), Sara Glover (BA ’09), Ted Soepboer (BBA ’08; MBA ‘10) and Amaris Gerson (BRLS ’08) form the Waterloo-Wellington alumni network committee, and are actively working to deliver three events per year.“Our committee represents the broad range of disciplines and perspectives that Waterloo-Wellington is comprised of. Everyone brings their own skill-set to the table and is genuinely excited to be a committee member” said Ted, a financial analyst with Miovision Technologies in Kitchener.Many members of the current committee found themselves joining after attending an event. For both Ted and Marty, the structured tasting of Niagara wines at the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener was what bolstered their interest in a network. This sold out event was hosted by Allie Hughes (BA ’09) and brought many graduates out to their first alumni event!Others decided to join a Network committee as a way to continue volunteering and giving back to Brock – which Melissa says is her ‘other side of the brain.’ Melissa, an event coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Cambridge has truly taken her commitment to Brock to another level, volunteering on both the Waterloo-Wellington and Niagara alumni network committees as she splits her time between both regions.To date, the committee has planned two events: a social mixer and pool night at the Huether Hotel in Uptown Waterloo, and an upcoming professional development workshop at Bingemans in Kitchener. On Wednesday, October 30, Waterloo-Wellington alumni will be treated to a career development presentation, a networking reception, and a variety of appetizers at this newly renovated venue. To purchase your $15 ticket for this event, register online.If you are interested in getting involved in any Brock alumni network committee across Canada, or would like to start a new one that currently does not exist, please contact Emily Hutton at read more


Thesis defences — Dec 14

Melissa Page — PhD in Biological SciencesMelissa Page, PhD student in Biological Sciences, will present her thesis defence on Friday, Dec. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in MC H313. The thesis title is “Intracellular antioxidant and DNA repair enzymes as correlates of stress resistance and longevity in vertebrates.” Examining committee members are: Joffre Mercier, chair; David Rollo, McMaster University, external examiner; Jeffrey Stuart, supervisor; Brian Roy, internal examiner; Glenn Tattersall and Doug Bruce, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Frances Chandler — PhD in EducationFrances Chandler will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in WH147. The thesis title is “Leadership and its Impact on the Success of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Funded Collaborative Research Projects.” Examining committee members are: Marilyn Rose, chair; Ben Levin, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, external examiner; Michael Manley-Casimir, supervisor; Maureen Connolly, internal examiner; Renee Kuchapski and Hope Fennell, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Joel Mrak — MA in Sport ManagementJoel Mrak will defend his thesis on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in WC204B. Thesis Title: Managing volunteers in Canadian Community Sport Organizations. Supervisor: Joanne MacLean; advisory committee: Laura Cousens and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Shannon Kerwin, University of Florida; chair: Kirsty Spence.Adam Pfleegor — MA in Physical Health and EducationAdam Pfleegor will defend his thesis on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. in WC204B. Thesis title: “Deception in Sport: A Conceptual and Ethical Analysis.” Supervisor: Danny Rosenberg; advisory committee: Ian Ritchie and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Douglas Hochstetler, Penn State University; chair: Bareket Falk. All are welcome.Michael Carter — MSc in KinesiologyMichael Carter will defend his thesis on Friday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in WH147. Thesis title: “Effects of Age on Learning a Spatial Motor Task in Younger and Older Adults Individualizing Their KR Schedule.” Supervisor: Jae Patterson; advisory committee: Allan Adkin and Craig Tokuno; external examiner: Steve Hansen, Nipissing University; chair: Phil Sullivan. All are welcome.Tymur Kirillov — MSc in ManagementMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Tymur Kirillov, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “A Stochastic Dynamic Programming Approach for Pricing Options on Stock Index Futures.” His examining committee members are: Zisimos Koustas, chair; Don Chance, external examiner, Louisiana State University; Hatem Ben Ameur, supervisor; Mohamed Ayadi and Bob Welch. All are welcome. read more


Huge challenges remain in achieving education for all UNESCO chief warns

Even though the goal of achieving gender parity by 2005 has been missed, more girls are in school than ever before, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura told yesterday’s opening session in Beijing of the Fifth Meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All (EFA), the latest follow-up to the World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal in 2000.Some 20 million new students are attending classes in low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South and West Asia, and national spending on basic education as well as external aid to EFA have also risen, he said.But unless current trends improve, gender parity “may not be achieved by 2015 in as many as 86 countries,” Mr. Matsuura said. Further, 18 per cent of the world’s adults are still illiterate, and “it is also clear that the quality of basic education remains low and will not lead to meaningful learning outcomes unless tackled with renewed vigour.” He welcomed the pledge by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, who opened the meeting, to substantially increase China’s contribution to education development throughout the world so as to accelerate progress toward the EFA goals.Mr. Wen pledged to train 1,500 teachers from developing countries annually over the next three years, donate 100 experimental rural schools to developing countries over the same time, and increase the number and value of scholarships and university places for students from developing countries to 10,000 annually.He also promised to increase financial support for developing countries hit by natural disasters and to grant $1 million in aid to pertinent research and training projects undertaken by UNESCO’s International Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa and the UNESCO International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa.This year’s meeting, bringing together ministers of education, cooperation and development, the donor community and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, will focus on the goal of halving adult illiteracy by 2015. It will also work on a Joint Action Plan to stimulate action on the EFA goals and to offer better and more concrete support at the national level to achieve them.At the Dakar Forum, UNESCO was charged with coordinating the work of the EFA partners and sustaining global momentum. read more


UN envoy discusses national unity with Iraqs top security adviser

Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ashraf Jehangir Qazi had discussed with Mowaffak Ruba’I about the possibility of confidence-building measures, including progress on detainee issues and widening the political process “in support of improved security.”Issues of “government formation, the constitutional review commission and the national accord process” were examined as ways of strengthening national unity in the strife-torn country, UNAMI said.


UNbacked treaty suspends ivory exports due to deficient monitoring of poaching

The Geneva-based Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) agreed in principle to the sales in 2002 on condition that the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) system establish up-to-date and comprehensive baseline data on poaching and population levels.Today’s meeting of the CITES Standing Committee determined that this condition has not yet been satisfied and the sales may not go forward at this time.CITES, which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), banned the international commercial ivory trade in 1989. In 1997, recognizing that some southern African elephant populations are healthy and well managed, it allowed Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe to make a one-time sale to Japan totalling 50 tonnes. Those sales took place in 1999 and earned some $5 million.The now suspended sales authorized in 2002 allowed the export of 30 tonnes from South Africa, 20 tonnes from Botswana and 10 tonnes from Namibia.In 2004, requests by several southern African countries for annual ivory quotas were turned down by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention. All legal sales of ivory derive from existing stocks gathered from elephants that have died as a result of natural causes or culling.The long-running debate over elephants has focused on the benefits that income from ivory sales may bring to conservation and to local communities living side by side with large and often dangerous animals against concerns that such sales may increase poaching. The baseline data will make it possible to determine objectively what impact future ivory sales may have on elephant populations and poaching.In a related decision, the Standing Committee decided that Japan had established a sufficiently strong domestic trade control system to be a trading partner allowed to purchase the ivory when sales eventually proceed. read more


Coroner Worker killed in Indiana grain elevator explosion identified blast cause unknown

Coroner: Worker killed in Indiana grain elevator explosion identified, blast cause unknown UNION MILLS, Ind. – Authorities have identified the worker killed in an explosion at a northwestern Indiana grain elevator.LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said 67-year-old James Swank of Union Mills died in the explosion Monday afternoon at the Union Mills Co-op. The co-op is about 50 miles southeast of Chicago.Sullivan says neighbours reported that a large explosion shook their homes. It was followed by a large amount of white smoke.Shawn Lambert, safety manager for Avon, Ind.-based co-op owner Co-Alliance, says the explosion occurred inside a grain elevator with several connected silos.LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Maj. John Boyd says Swank might have been loading grain into train cars at the time of the blast.The cause of the blast remains undetermined. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2013 5:00 pm MDT read more


Plants vs Zombies 2 hints tips and tricks Gameplay and cash shop

first_img 1 2 Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time released last week, over four years after the original managed to garner an audience of all ages and gaming tastes. If you’re feeling stuck or like the cash shop is insurmountable, these quick hints, tips, and tricks will get you through both the game, as well as help you figure out how you should approach the cash shop (which can turn the game from free-to-play to rather expensive quite quickly).PvZ2 Cash shopAs in most free-to-play games, the cash shop in Plants vs Zombies 2 is vast, and seems like the game is more pay-to-win than free-to-play. However, the only items in the cash shop that cannot be unlocked in PvZ2 through standard play are the six plants shown above. Five of them cost $2.99, while the Torchwood costs $3.99 for some reason. If you purchase all of them at full price, that adds up to just under $20. The price of the original Plants vs. Zombies upon its release was $20. Basically, the games cost exactly the same. The only difference is that your brain feels differently about paying $20 for a full game in one shot, than it does about spending $2.99 on an individual in-game plant, even if all the cash shop plants add up to that $20 price.You don’t need any of the cash shop plants to progress in the game, but one plant — the Snow Pea — makes life a lot more enjoyable. It’s the blue plant from the first game that slows down an enemy’s march toward your base.After playing a while, you’ll get a popup message in-game that looks like a typical free-to-play mobile ad, however, it offers a discount in the PvZ2 cash shop. If you really want to purchase a plant, but want to save money, wait for these deals to appear. They might seem like random popups, but from what we can tell they are not.Also, it seems the prices of the individual plants in the cash shop are in flux despite these deals. The Torchwood was once $2.99, but has since been raised to $3.99. The Snow Pea began life at $2.99, but some reports say it has been raised to $3.99. So, keep an eye out.PvZ2 GameplayKeys and Stars: In order to unlock new levels and worlds, and different pathways and plants, you’ll need to have a stock of keys and stars. This is the grindy bit of the game. However, if you replay each level enough times to get each star (either one or three per level), the zombies will pop enough keys for you to unlock doors, and you’ll gain enough stars to travel into the next world.Each world’s key is tied to that world, so if you have 10 Egypt keys, you’ll still need to gain new keys for the pirate world.Next page: Everything else you need to survivelast_img read more


The 9 at 9 Friday

first_img By Stephen McDermott Friday 3 May 2019, 8:49 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 3rd 2019, 7:54 AM Share12 Tweet Email 2 Comments Get the 9 at 9 News audiocenter_img 9,789 Views Short URL Updated May 3rd 2019, 8:49 AM Source: Shutterstock/VasiliyBudarinEVERY MORNING, brings you the headlines you need to know as you start your day.1. #TUAM The religious order at the centre of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home burial controversy has told the government it has no “legal liability” arising from the home.2. #COURTS The High Court will today rule on a case being taken by Ruth Morrissey, who took a case over the alleged misreading of her cervical smears and the subsequent failure to tell her about it.3. #RIP Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for playing the Wookiee warrior Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 74.4. #SOS Three fishermen have been rescued off the coast of Co Wicklow after their trawler caught fire and sank yesterday evening.5. #LOCAL ELECTIONS Small parties appear to have made gains in England’s local elections, as a Brexit backlash has seen the Conservative and Labour parties lose seats in the country’s councils.6. #STUDY New research has found that so-called ART treatment prevented the transmission of the HIV virus between nearly 1,000 male couples, a finding which could potentially lead to the eradication of the AIDS virus.7. #RECRUITMENT BAN Opposition TDS have called on the HSE to end its recruitment freeze, saying the move is “short sighted” and “disgraceful”.8. #BLACKLISTED Facebook has banned the Infowars founder Alex Jones as part of its latest attempt to crack down on hate content on the social network.9. #WEATHER It will be dry and bright today, with some sunshine at times, but there will also be cloudy periods and showers in parts of Ulster and in eastern coastal counties. Highest temperatures will be between 9 and 10 degrees Celsius.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. The 9 at 9: Friday Religious order says it has ‘no legal liability’ over Tuam home, High Court to rule on Ruth Morrissey case, and actor famous for playing Chewbacca dies aged 74.last_img read more


Nearly 120 Companies Ask Obama to Boost Biodiesel Standard

first_imgCredit: National Biodiesel Board One hundred seventeen biodiesel companies and affiliated businesses from 41 states called on President Obama Wednesday to stand behind his past support for the U.S. biodiesel industry by continuing sustainable growth under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).Highlighting Obama’s strong position on biodiesel going back to his days as a U.S. senator and as a candidate for president, the companies and organizations sent Obama a letter outlining the extensive damage that would result from the EPA’s current RFS proposal, which would set a biodiesel standard of 1.28 billion gallons – far below actual 2013 production of nearly 1.8 billion gallons. The letter can be found here.“As entrepreneurs and business leaders representing thousands of employees, we have followed signals from this Administration and invested billions of dollars in developing a U.S. biodiesel industry that has successfully delivered more than 5 billion gallons of EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel under the RFS since you took office,” the letter states. “We are extremely concerned that you could be retreating on your previously unwavering support for biodiesel in a way that would have severe consequences for the industry’s future.”The companies and other organizations signing the letter represent thousands of employees in states across the country, from California to Minnesota to Rhode Island. They specifically referenced legislation introduced by then-Sen. Obama in 2006 (“The American Fuels Act”) that called for an ambitious standard of 2 billion gallons of alternative diesel fuels by 2015.“Thanks to American innovation, the hard work of our employees, and strong, consistent federal policy under the RFS, the biodiesel industry almost reached that goal last year by producing nearly 1.8 billion gallons under the RFS. With stable policy, it is very likely that the industry will – a mere decade later – indeed reach your stated goal of 2 billion gallons by 2015,” the letter states. “This is a success story of which you and your Administration should be proud: A clean, renewable energy industry meeting a challenging goal that you envisioned 10 years ago. Yet with this EPA proposal, this Administration is retreating. We urge you not to.”Biodiesel – made from a variety of resources including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats – is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. With plants in nearly every state in the country, the industry had a record U.S. market last year of nearly 1.8 billion gallons supporting more than 62,200 jobs.The EPA’s RFS proposal remains pending, with the Administration planning to finalize it in June.A recent survey of biodiesel producers conducted by National Biodiesel Board found that nearly 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel producers have scaled back production this year and more than half have idled production at a plant altogether. Additionally, two-thirds of producers said they have already reduced or anticipate reducing their workforce as a result of the downturn, which they attribute to the weak RFS proposal and the expiration of the biodiesel tax incentive.last_img read more


Cuban migrant who landed in Hollywood faces assault charges

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A Cuban migrant faces charges after he allegedly assaulted law enforcement officials after making it to shore along Hollywood Beach, Saturday.According to police, Lazaro Mora-Gutierrez had a machete and swung it at officers who tried to stop a boat he was on with several other migrants.He faces assault charges.The migrants have since been released from the hospital and are receiving help from at least two Doral refugee programs.Officials told 7News the migrants will be able to stay after being released from the hospital and processed by U.S. Customs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Harris County To Get New Voting Machines By May 2021

first_img 00:00 /00:43 X Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Clerk Diane Trautman, speaking at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show Sharecenter_img Harris County is set to replace its antiquated voting machines, which are based on 20-year-old technology. But the work won’t be done in time for the 2020 presidential election.The new voting infrastructure will cost $74 million, with the funding coming out of the 2020 budget. Speaking at a trade show on Tuesday, County Clerk Diane Trautman said it will take until March just to narrow down the selection of voting machines to the top two vendors. She expects to pick the supplier by July of next year.“Actually just to make 5,000 machines will take months,” Trautman said. “So to get them back, put them in the field, teach the election workers and the voters how to use them, you are looking at, our estimate is the May 2021 election before they can be used.”Trautman called for replacing the county’s voting machines as part of her election campaign in 2018.In the meantime, Trautman said her office is taking other steps to try to make voting easier and more convenient. This fall will mark the second time Harris County will use countywide voting centers. The centers allow voters to cast their ballots at any polling location on Election Day, rather than just the one in their assigned precinct. The Houston Endowment awarded the county $250,000 for a voter outreach and education campaign about the centers.“Additionally, we are adding up to six new early voting locations for the November election, including my alma mater, the University of Houston,” Trautman said. That will bring the total number of early voting locations in the county to 52.Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaA prospective voter tries out an Election Systems & Software voting machine at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more


MST3K Live Delivers Two of the New Series Greatest Episodes Yet

first_img Fresh off of Mystery Science Theater 3000′s fantastic return on Netflix, Joel Hodgson, Jonah Ray,  Tom Servo and Crow are taking the show on the road. The MST3K Live: Watch Out for Snakes Tour kicked off in Boston last week, and played the PlayStation Theater in New York City Saturday night. If the tour is coming anywhere near your town, and you consider yourself an MST3K fan, you absolutely owe it to yourself to get a ticket. Over the course of two shows, they managed to take some of the best elements of the old series and the new one, and inject it with the energy of a live performance. It also helps that the Secret Surprise Film ends up being one of the best MST3K episodes they’ve ever done.Sadly, the second show isn’t going to be on every leg of the tour, so let’s talk about Eegah!. One of the original series’ all-time greats, this movie makes perfect sense in the context of the new show. Considering it inspired the series’s most enduring catchphrase (for which the tour is named), it fits Kinga’s character that she’d want to redo the experiment. It’s a great opportunity for merchandising, after all. Plus, there is so much strangeness to unpack in Eegah!, there’s no end of new material for riffs. Especially 20 years later. Like the new season on Netflix, the reference humor has received an update for a 2017 audience, though there are plenty of jokes that aren’t on pop culture references. It’s also worth mentioning that they’re showing a high definition remaster made from the film’s original negative. It’s the best Eegah! has ever looked or sounded. Somehow that makes it even more obvious what a cheesy mess this movie is.The new riff has a different, more energetic feel than the classic one. Not to say one is better than the other, but the new riff definitely earns its existence. That’s helped by an acknowledgment that we’ve all seen this one before. Even Jonah doesn’t play it like he’s completely new to the wonders of Eegah!. As a result, they’re able to call back to the original riff in some hilarious ways. The “Watch out for snakes” line has its own theme song, because how else do you riff a line that everyone is anticipating? The theme is so over-the-top, silly and pandering, it feels like the brainchild of Kinga Forester. They recognize that the joke has become an overused catchphrase and are unabashedly celebrating that fact. I honestly can’t think of a better way to handle it. Another callback is justified by Jonah and the bots straight up admitting they can’t think of anything better than the original joke. And then there’s the deadpan “Tequila,” which is funny no matter how many times you hear it. The callbacks to the original riff were few and justified, which allowed the new, original jokes to shine on their own.Eegah! (Via MST3K)Where the original had a ton of jokes about how Arch Hall Sr. directed, produced and cast both himself and his son in Eegah!, the new riff dives deeper into just how strange this movie is. It has a wildly inconsistent tone, prolonged scenes that do nothing but waste time, and the main character sings love songs to his girlfriend about other girls. Also, since this new riff is working with the sensibilities of a 2017 audience, they’re able to call out and take apart a line from the movie that has some pretty horrific implications. Much like the new season, Jonah and the bots don’t talk over the movie’s dialog much. They recognize that audiences want to hear the movie, because experiencing the awful trainwreck is half the fun. The riffs fill in the awkward pauses and the interminable shots of nothing going on. There are still just as many jokes, but they’re better integrated with the movie. When characters talk, Jonah and the bots let the awful movie speak for itself.MST3K greatly benefits from being performed live. When Jonah and the bots are there onstage in the same room as you, it feels more personal. It’s like you’re all getting through this terrible movie together. They can also react to the audience a little during the riff, timing a joke just right so the entire theater convulses with laughter. Jonah really comes into his own live. On the TV show, he almost seemed happy to be trapped on the Satellite of Love, especially when compared to Joel’s begrudging amusement and Mike’s biting cynicism. While it took some getting used to on the show, Jonah’s energy fills the humongous theater. No matter where you’re sitting, he draws you into the show. On his own, he’s a great stand-up comic. As part of this group, he excels as a host, using his improvisation talents to keep the show moving while waiting for the video segments to play.(Via MST3K)That was one area that unfortunately had some problems when I saw it. Kinga and Son of TV’s Frank were there via pre-recorded videos that Jonah and the bots would interact with. The timing on these videos wasn’t always the best. This led to some delayed reactions, and movie signs that didn’t seem quite as spontaneous as they should have. Switching between videos and camera feeds presented a problem too. Swapping videos was never quite as snappy as the dialog needed it to be, and occasionally they’d switch to the wrong feed, showing the floor of the stage where the cameraman had set down his equipment, rather than the action happening onstage. Having live performers interact with live video is hard. It takes a lot of practice to get the timing down, and I imagine you don’t have a whole lot of rehearsal time on a tour like this. If that’s what happened, then the more shows they do, the better this will get. It also isn’t hard to imagine that the PlayStation Theater’s systems are partially to blame. I don’t want to go into it too much, but the experience of seeing a show at this Times Square theater makes me think they don’t have it together in the way that MST3K Live requires. Either way, these problems will hopefully be ironed out before long. If your town is coming later on their tour, these issues will likely be fixed by the time you see it.Again, I don’t want to spoil the Secret Surprise Movie, but trust me when I say that if they’re doing one in your town, GO SEE IT. I really hope it’s either filmed for an eventual DVD release or this movie gets used in an upcoming episode of the Netflix series. It’s that good. This second live show might even be one of my favorite MST3K episodes ever, and it would be a shame if not everyone got to see it. The movie is that special kind of bad that keeps managing to shock and surprise you with its strangeness. Just when you think you’ve figured out what kind of movie it is, it takes a sudden left turn that elicits an audible “WHAT?!” Even if I spoiled the surprise here, it’s the kind of movie you have to see to even believe it exists. Jonah and the bots have great riffs during the movie, but it’s a jaw-dropping garbage fire on its own.Joel Hodgson (Credit: Satellite of Love LLC)Series creator Joel Hodgson introduces each show, and he’s clearly proud of this strange and wonderful thing he’s built. He should be. Mystery Science Theater 3000 ran for 10 seasons on two networks after being picked up from Minnesota cable access TV. After going off the air, MST3K went on to have one of the largest Kickstarter campaigns in history for its return. The new season, with a whole new cast but with Hodgson still behind it, quickly found its groove, making us feel like MST3K never left. Now, as a live show, MST3K has grown into something bigger than anyone could have predicted. Even when the tech doesn’t quite work the way it should, even when the props don’t fire off correctly, it feels like a labor of love hand-crafted by people having the time of their lives. In other words, it’s exactly what you want out of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatJoel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live, Eegah! and Returning to Riffs Stay on targetlast_img read more


The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Olimar

first_imgStay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Who Are They?Captain Olimar is the player character in Pikmin, the whimsical Nintendo take on a real-time strategy game and maybe Nintendo’s most successful attempt a fresh new franchise prior to Splatoon. Obviously the focus in Pikmin is on the elemental little ant plant creatures themselves, directing their hordes to ensure everyone’s survival in the harsh tiny wilderness. But Olimar, a kind of salaryman astronaut, has plenty of character as well.Smash HistoryAs a launch title for Gamecube, Pikmin wasn’t really a thing yet when Melee launched. So Olimar was pretty much a shoe-in for Brawl. Really the mystery was just waiting to see how his Pikmin-management mechanics would transfer over into a fighting game. It worked out though because Olimar has appeared in every Smash Bros. game since. He even now has an alternate costume based on Alph, the player character in Pikmin 3.What Looks New in Ultimate?It turns out when you can summon minions to fight on your behalf in a fighting game, you wind up being a pretty great character. Olimar is fantastic at keeping himself out of the fray, peppering you from afar with Pikmin that set you on fire or electrocute you. In Ultimate he retains his three Pikmin limit, down from six in Brawl, along with his Flying Pikmin recovery. He mostly benefits from the game’s overall speed increase and reduced lag.Our Hopes?Just as Pikmin 3 spent a weirdly long time in limbo, shifting from Wii to Wii U, Pikmin 4 is also a game that apparently exists but we know nothing about. If Pikmin 4 does ever come out though, and presumably brings some new varieties of Pikmin along with it, we’d be curious to see how those creatures could one day augment Olimar’s moveset menagerie.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.center_img Olimar Crash Lands!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Olimar.last_img read more


Save the Hilsa fingerlings Message of Ilish Utsav

first_imgKolkata: Don’t buy Hilsa fingerlings to save the species, a call made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be the theme of the Hilsa festival organised by Baro Pally Jadavpur.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had said over and again not to buy Hilsa fingerlings and directed the state Fisheries department to conduct raids in markets to ensure that they are not sold.Baro Pally Jadavpur is using the festival as a platform to create awareness among the locals. The club looks after 1,200 fishermen of the Sunderbans who go to the deep sea to catch Hilsa. The club has given them medical insurance and also looks after their children. The honey collectors of the Sunderbans who are often attacked by tigers are given assistance by this club. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We organise the festival to create social awareness about the fishermen who take life risks to catch Hilsa. Also, selling and buying of Hilsa fingerlings are banned and we have launched an intense campaign on the issue,” said Rahul Ghosh, secretary of Ilish Utsav Committee.The committee will felicitate Utpal Ghosh, secretary of Binaynagar Bengali Senior Secondary School, New Delhi, where the medium of instruction is Bengali. The higher secondary school starts from nursery level.Sudip Roy, a sergeant of the Kolkata Police, whose left leg had to be amputated after being hit by a lorry while on duty had lost all hope. Artificial limbs were installed and he recently joined his duties. He will be felicitated by the committee, said Pradip Chowdhury, chairman of the committee.last_img read more


Find out if your VPN leaks your IP address

first_imgFind out if your VPN leaks your IP address by Martin Brinkmann on November 28, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: November 29, 2016 – 28 commentsVirtual Private Networks (VPNs) are used for a variety of purposes. Common reasons include protecting one’s privacy on the Internet, improving the security of the Internet connection, bypassing censorships and blocks, and using it for business purposes.If you use a VPN for privacy, regardless of whether that is your main reason for using it or just a nice addition, you may want to make sure that your “real” IP address is not leaked when you are connected to the VPN.The reason for this is simple: there is no privacy if the device IP leaks.The IP address links back to you directly. While a court order is usually required to link the IP to a name, it alone can reveal information such as the country and region you are connecting to directly.Find out if your VPN leaks your IP addressIt is suggested to verify that a VPN connection does not leak IP address information. I suggest you do so on every connect, but at least the first time you connect to it and maybe occasionally afterwards as well.There are plenty of sites out there that you can use for the purpose. Good news is that you only need to load one of them to find out whether your VPN leaks information.The site that I use frequently is IP Leak. You find other sites for that purpose listed on our privacy test resource listing.Note: It is recommended that you disable any script blocker (including ad-blockers) when you run the test as they may block scripts from running on the site that are required to give you an accurate reading.All you need to do is connect to the site, and wait for it to display the results of its analysis. This should not take longer than a couple of seconds.IP Leak tests the following:The IPv4 IP address.The IPv6 IP address.Whether WebRTC leaks the IP address.Whether DNS leaks the IP address.Whether a proxy is used (if not transparent).Torrent address detection.Geolocation detection.Look up of the IP address that reveals Tor and AirVPN use, ISP, organization, country, and more using public databases.User agent and system information.If you see different IP addresses or locations, say the correct one for the IPv4 IP address, and another for the IPv6 IP address, then there is a chance that third-parties that you connect to see both IP addresses as well.You may want to make sure that the IP address and the country that IP Leaks displays after the test matches the VPN Provider’s network.Closing WordsIt is highly recommended to run tests regularly to find out if your VPN connection leaks your IP address. While you may not want to do so on each connect, I recommend you do so at least on first connect, on every software update, and every now and then in between.If you notice a leak, you may want to plug it before you start using the VPN. How that is done depends largely on the leak and the client you use to connect to the VPN.Some VPN providers provide leak protection options in the VPN clients that they provide their customers with.Now You: Talking about VPNs: which do you use and why?SummaryArticle NameFind out if your VPN leaks your IP addressDescriptionFind out if your Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection leaks your computer’s IP address and how it is leaked to plug the leak.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more